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Chicago Master Gardener

A blog for Chicago Master Gardeners providing information on volunteer opportunities, training, workshops and resources.

New Openings in Master School Gardener Program

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Our Master School Gardener Program is entering its second year and we are ready to expand the program to include four or five new members. Our present cardre of Master School gardeners are: Kathy Bernrreuter, Carol Gittler, LynnHyndman, Bobbie Jordan, Linda Khalouf, Clare Mostek, Susan Perdomo, MaryAnne Spinner and Marilyn Witney. What is the Master School Gardener Program?...

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Jackie Paine: Master Gardener Success Story

Posted by Ron Wolford -

When I applied for the 2003 U of I Extension Master Gardener program, I was interviewed by Laurie Lewis. During the interview, one of Laurie's comments really made an impression on me. He said that becoming a Master Gardener would dramatically change some MG's lives. At the time I had no idea that I would be one of those people. I thoroughly enjoyed the MG classes and the oppo...

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Master Gardener Reports on Monarch Butterflies

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Master Gardener Catherine Murphy reports on Monarch Butterflies in downtown Chicago: Just wanted to let you all know that there are a zillion monarch butterfly chrysalis on State Street downtown! They are at State and Lake in the little garden in front of that TV station. If you look on the palm that looks like a purple yucca you can see a lot of little green chysali.Th...

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Online Courses and Workshops from Illinois Department of Natural Resources

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1. Fall Semester Online Courses for Graduate or CPDU Credit The IDNR's Division of Education and the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS) are offering online courses for graduate credit (4 hours) or Continuing Professional Development Units (60 CPDUs) during Fall Semester 2007 through the UIS Master of Teacher Leadership program. EDL 560...

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Insect and Spider Resources

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1. New Posters from the IDNR Division of Education Habitats are Homes and Illinois' Threatened and Endangered Species are the latest additions to the flora and fauna poster series from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources' Division of Education. Each 24" x 36" poster is two-sided. The front of the Habitats are Home...

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New Horticulture and Design Course Offerrings in Chicago Area

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Registrations for Fall Courses are open and Horticulture and Design courses are available for you! The University of Illinois has started a new degree completion program in Horticulture in the Chicagoland market. Starting just a year ago, Greg Pierceall, a Professor of Landscape Architecture, joined the University of Illinois faculty to assist in launching this new degree comple...

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Volunteer at North-Grand High School

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Hello Master Gardeners, Students at North-Grand High School in Chicago are working with After School Matters and the Cob Connection to expand the school garden and build a gazebo from cob, a mixture of clay, sand and straw. The COB Connection has requested the help of interested Master Gardeners. This is really cool experience. We made a COB table in our garden last fall. What...

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Master School Gardener Training

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Master School Gardeners, I hope your summer is going well and things are growing great. At the last MSG meeting, some of you stated you would like to learn more about growing cool season crops. I would like to conduct training for this, perhaps some time in August. I know a lot of people might be on vacation, but we should do it before the school year starts. For those of you i...

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Volunteer for Meet the Bees

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Volunteers are still needed for this Saturday's Meet the Bees July 28 th Hi Everyone, We are still in need of volunteers to help facilitate the family activities, staff the welcome table, help the bands set up, and celebrate our first honey harvest this year. See below for more information...

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Attend Dawes School Edible Garden Celebration

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Dawes School Edible Garden Celebration Hosted by: Slow Food Chicago & the Dawes School Garden Committee Where: Dawes School...

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Help at Ag School Plant Clinic

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Master Gardeners, It is the height of the growing season and the phone is ringing off the hook at the Extension office at the Chicago Ag High School, 3807 W. 111 th Street. Nancy Kreith needs Master Gardeners there every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. This office has a good reference library and easyaccess...

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Help at Eli's Cheesecake Farmers' Market

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This Thursday, July 26, I will be at the Ask A Master Gardener table at the Farmers Market at Eli's Cheese Cake World at 6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. I would really like...

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Volunteer at Plant Clinic

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Master Gardeners: Please don't forget that to keep your active Master Gardener status you must complete at least one session at a Plant Clinic or "As a Master Gardener " table at a garden walk or farmers' market. Here are open opportunities at the Plant Clinic at Garfield Park. Please respond directly to Jackie Paine at msjlpain...

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Rain Garden Volunteer Opportunity

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Master Gardeners: This is a good opportunity to learn about plants for rain gardens and earn volunteer hour credits. Elizabeth katie.rehrauer@cityofchicago .org wrote: Hi Elizabeth, Sue Cubberly, Aaron Durnbaugh and I are hosting a rain garden plant distribution for partici...

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Master Gardener Conference Registration Reminder

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Just a reminder! For Master Gardeners and guests attending only the awards banquet- not the full conference- they must use the correct form online. There is a separate form for registering for the awards banquet- please advise your volunteers to use that form. If they use the form for full conference registration- their banquet reservation WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED and they...

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July 31 Monthly Meeting

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We have a special treat for our July 31 Monthly Meeting, a trip to the zoo and a visit to the Edible Garden at the Farm in the Zoo. We have a new partnership with Lincoln Park Zoo, and the much enlarged Edible Garden. Fellow Master Gardeners have been volunteering there all spring and summer. Come and see the results of their work. Master Gardener Monthly Meeting...

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Pots from Cow Poo

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Have you heard about the cow pots that are made from composted cow manure. I was watching the Larry King Show yesterday and they had a gentleman on who hosts a Discovery Channel show called " Dirty Jo...

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Have Plant Problems Diagnosed at Plant Clinic

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Need to have a plant problem diagnosed? The University of Illinois Plant Clinic at Urbana is now open for the 32 nd year to diagnose field crop and horticultural plant problems. The Plant Clinic, open through September 15, specializes in identifying disease problems, nematodes, insects and insect injury, and weeds. Chemical residue testing is not available. The lab ca...

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National Children and Youth Garden Symposium

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Sidetracked by the distractions and demands of the digital age, American children are spending less time outdoors, leading to what Richard Louv, author of Last Child In The Woods , has dubbed "nature-deficit disorder." Several recent studies have linked this diminishing exposure to the natural world during youth to everything from health issues to learning problems, which has helped to...

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Willene Buffett: Thank You!

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Dear Master Gardeners, Thank you very much for your participation in the Taste of Chicago's Goin' Green area. I received positive feedback all throughout the Taste about the great information that was being shared, and the positive atmosphere all around our tent and displays. I especially appreciate your willingness to learn about our other Extension programs and to engage people in our...

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Volunteer at Garfield Park

Posted by Ron Wolford -

I hope everyone is having a great summer and you are staying cool this week. Here at Garfield Park Conservatory we have a very special event this month, as well as some regular volunteer opportunities now and coming up this fall. If you are interested in any of the opportunities please email me at hpicciuca@garfieldpark.org with your...

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Volunteer at the Sheffield Garden Walk

Posted by Ron Wolford -

We need 2-4 volunteers to staff the Ask a Master Gardener desk at the Sheffield Garden Walk, July 21 and 22, from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. both days, that is 1 or 2 volunteers each day. Master Gardeners should bring their Master Gardener manuals. The volunteers will receive free drink...

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Volunteer at the Lincoln Square Garden Walk

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Boy could we use some help again! It's MG Nancy Benjamin ('07) of the Lincoln Square Garden Walk. On Saturday, August, 4th, from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (rain or shine!) we will once again be holding the Lincoln Square Garden Walk and Green Fair. Some of you were gracious enough to help us with this wonderful event last time. It features more than 20 gardens, more than 10 environmental groups...

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Master Food Preserver Training

Posted by Ron Wolford -

The University of Illinois Extension is hosting the Master Food Preserver Training . There will be a fee to cover the cost of materials. That fee has yet to be determined. Participants must complete a minimum of 30 volunteer hours to become certified. Details below: Where: Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences – 3807 West 111 th...

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Earth Machine Compost Bin Sale

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The Earth Machine Compost Bin Sale is Here! For the past two years the City of Chicago has collaborated with the University of Illinois Extension and Garfield Park Conservatory to offer subsidized compost bins to Chicago residents. The offer has returned. The City will now host the compost bin sale ($30.00 each)at the Chicago Center for Green Technology. Rain barrels will also...

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